PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers announced today that the club has been nominated for a 2017 Emmy Award by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category “Sports – One-Time Special.” The Timbers are nominated for the team’s internally produced retrospective, “The Magic Was Real,” which traced the team’s historic 2015 MLS Cup run.
The special featured stunning cinematography, capturing key moments of the team’s unbeaten push through the playoffs that culminated in the club’s first MLS championship, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and a soundtrack sourced from the Timbers’ local music partner, Marmoset Music.
Produced by Timbers vice president of broadcasting Matt Smith, “The Magic Was Real” production team included photographer/editor Che Lowenstein, photographer Jeff Kastner, the club’s lead play-by-play announcer Jake Zivin (narrator/assistant producer) and team reporter Samantha Yarock (assistant producer). Released in early 2016, the retrospective was eligible for this nomination cycle of the Northwest Emmy Awards.
Joining the Timbers in the “Sports – One-Time Special” category are features from ROOT SPORTS, Comcast SportsNet Northwest (CSN) and KING. The winners will be announced on June 3 at the 54th-Annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards in Seattle.
The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences serves television and media professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.